Physics in the Arts

Physics in the Arts

1st Edition - January 22, 2008

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  • Authors: P.U.P.A. Gilbert, Willy Haeberli
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080560236

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Physics in the Arts is a concise, 288-page four-color entry in the Complementary Science Series, designed for science enthusiasts and liberal arts students requiring or desiring a well-developed discussion of physical phenomena, particularly with regard to sound and light. Topics discussed include the nature of sound and sound perception, and the fundamentals of harmony, musical photography, color perception, and color mixing. The materials are covered at a level appropriate for self-study or as a complementary textbook. A companion website for Instructors is available in Spring 2008.

Key Features

* Offers an alternative route to science literacy for those interested in the arts, music and photography
* Popular science book with wide readership beyond the classroom at an accessible level
* Material covered at a level appropriate for self-study or as a complementary textbook
* Companion website for Instructors available in Spring 2008


Non-science students in courses related to the study of physics with light and sound.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    1: Light and Light Waves
    2: Reflection and Refraction
    3: Lenses
    4: The Eye
    5: Photography
    6: Color and Color Vision
    7: Additive Color Mixing
    8: Subtractive Color Mixing
    9: Color Generating Mechanisms
    10: Periodic Oscillations
    11: Simple Harmonic Motion
    12: Damped Oscillations and Resonance
    13: Adding Sound Sources: Beats and Harmony
    14: Waves
    15: Sound Perception
    16: The Ear
    17: Vibration of Strings
    18: Pipes
    19: Fourier Analysis
    20: Musical Scales
    21: Musical Instruments
    Solutions to Problems

Product details

  • No. of pages: 328
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2008
  • Published: January 22, 2008
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080560236

About the Authors

P.U.P.A. Gilbert

P.U.P.A. Gilbert
Pupa Gilbert is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Physics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and an amateur surrealist painter. She is a physicist with passionate loves for biology, geoscience, and modern art. She studied at the Sapienza University of Rome, worked as a staff scientist at the Italian National Research Council and at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne until she joined the University of Wisconsin in 1999. Her research focuses on biominerals, including coral skeletons, tooth enamel, nacre, and sea urchin spines. She studies them with spectromicroscopy methods at the Advanced Light Source in Berkeley, where she discovers the complex structures of the biominerals, and their formation mechanisms. She won several awards for her research and teaching, including the UW-Madison Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011, Radcliffe Fellowship 2014-15, and the David A. Shirley Award in 2018. She lives in Madison and Berkeley with her husband Ben.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Willy Haeberli

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A.

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